Hazelton Mediation Services

Paul Pierse – Advanced Mediator

Paul Pierse is a practising, certified Mediator with Advanced Member Status with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.  Having entered the roll of solicitors in 2010, Paul developed a keen interest in the different methods that people can use to resolved conflicts & disputes.  Paul qualified as a Mediator in 2011, and has developed his passion for the mediation process ever since.  Paul has logged over 300 hours of direct mediation experience.  He works primarily as a facilitator of inter-family conversations involving inheritance or separation/divorce issues. Paul was instrumental in the development of the QQI Level 8 accredited Certificate in Mediation in Griffith College, and is retained as a senior lecturer on this course.  His academic interests are mainly focused around the four core pillars of the mediation process; confidentiality; mediator neutrality; voluntary participation; and party self-determination.  He completed his Law Master’s thesis on the issue of voluntary participation in mediation.  Recognised as a leading authority on the regulation of the mediation process in Ireland, Paul co-hosted the closing presentation at the Mediators Institute of Ireland annual conference in October 2017, informing Mediators about the new Mediation Act 2017.  Paul’s passion for the mediation process (including a recognition of its limitations) is evident in every interaction he has on the subject.  He takes pride in making his natural skills set and knowledge available to those who require a capable mediator to facilitate a difficult conversation.


Advanced Member Status, Mediators Inistitue of Ireland, 2018

Masters in Law, University College Cork, 2017

Postgraduate Diploma in Training & Education, Griffith College, 2013

Certificate in Training & Education, Griffith College, 2012

Certified Mediator, Mediators Institute of Ireland, 2011

Entered the Roll of Solicitors, Law Society of Ireland, 2010

Bachelor of International Commerce (German),  NUI Galway, 2003


Mary Claire McCarthy

Mary Claire has an honours law degree from UCC and qualified as a solicitor in 2005.  She practised as a Solicitor for a number of years. In 2009, she then retrained as a Mediator as she believed that parties might be best suited to resolving their own difficulties rather than asking a Judge to decide for them. Mary Claire also has a diploma in dispute resolution. Since 2009, Mary Claire has dedicated her professional career to Mediation. Mary Claire has also lectured on conflict resolution at the United Nations training school (UNTSI). Mary Claire is deeply committed to the values of Mediation and is recognised for her impartiality, her ability to engage and empower clients in order to help resolve their conflict.

Mary Claire immediately puts clients at their ease when they attend a mediation session. Having been a party herself at mediation, she is aware of how hard it is to take that first step. However, reflecting on the success of that mediation for her, gives her great motivation to help others in need of resolving their difficulties.

The role of a Mediator is to be neutral and impartial therefore, Mary Claire will assist the parties in resolving their issues by helping them to:

Isolate the issues in dispute

Develop options for the resolution of these issues

Explore the usefulness of these options

Meet the clients interests and needs


Honours law degree from UCC in 2000.

Qualified as a solicitor in 2005

Qualified as mediator in 2009.

Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010

Diploma in Mediation and dispute resolution(distinction) in 2010

Garda Vetted

Why choose mediation over court proceedings?

Mediation is significantly cheaper: costs of participation in mediation are only a fraction of legal fees and costs associated with legal proceedings.

Mediation is quicker: an agreement between the parties can be reached within a month, and with an 80% success rate it is more convenient for everyone involved, whereas legal proceedings can take years to resolve.

Mediation is easier: with a 80% success rate, the result is achieved cheaper, quicker and with more satisfaction to everyone involved.

Medication is low-risk: both parties have a say in the final agreement, which is therefore guaranteed to meet the interests of everyone involved in the process.

Mediation is flexible: the appointment times and frequency of sessions are chosen by the clients.

Mary Claire is available to facilitate mediation between teenagers, please call us on 021-4936006 for more details.